Saudi fashioner and media artist Hadeel Ayoub who completed her MA in Computational Arts from the Department of Computing, created a wireless Sign Language Glove to improve communication between people with different disabilities. The smart glove can perceive hand movements and translate them into the relevant content.
The initial prototype that she made could translate sign language gestures into visual letters on a screen and comprised of flex sensors, an accelerometer, a microcontroller board, and a four digit graphic numerical display.
Five flex sensors sit on the fingers of the glove detecting movement, while an accelerometer integrated into the glove’s fabric analyses how the hand is being held and the direction it is pointing in. Hadeel has also made a computer program for showing the signed words and phrases on a screen after analysing the output values of the sensors and accelerometer.
The latest version of the glove includes a text to speech chip that vocalises the words as they are signed. She also worked on making it more user friendly so it is easier to use.
Hadeel is now working on making another version that will include a smartphone and tablet app to receive the glove’s output via Wi-Fi, the glove could also be utilized to send text messages and emails. The app will also be introduced with a real-time text translation feature to translate the text into different languages. In a later version of the glove – which is the fourth one, a motion controller is expected to be added to increase its precision, enabling better mapping.
The latest version of the glove is expected to cost £255 (US$386) and a few companies have already approached Hadeel to manufacture the glove. She is hopeful that once the demand for the glove increases, only the schools and companies will need to buy them and the disabled people will not have to pay for it.
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